HELEN, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is awarding up to $5 million in Montana Bed Tax Fund grants to businesses that have been impacted by destructive flooding in southern Montana.
Gianforte’s office announced funding for the grant on Friday and said more than $3 million in federal COVID relief funds will also be made available to respond to the impacts of flooding, the Independent Record reported.
Tourism-dependent businesses like restaurants, bars, hotels, guides and private campgrounds can get up to $25,000 in grants under the program. Applicants must describe how they will be negatively affected by a lack of visitors after severe flooding closed two of Montana’s three entrances to Yellowstone National Park.
The program will provide businesses with “much-needed support to get them up and running so they can provide in-state and out-of-state customers with the best possible experience in Montana,” the department director said. of Commerce, Scott Osterman, in a press release.
Thousands of visitors to Yellowstone National Park were ordered to leave the park on June 13 after rivers in northern Wyoming and southern Montana overflowed their banks following heavy rains that accelerated the melt spring snow. Flooding damaged several hundred homes and businesses in Montana communities near Yellowstone, threatening their tourism-dependent economies.
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